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The Process of Becoming Subjects of Decoloniality
Orienting as a Nepantlera
The process of decoloniality instigates us to restore our relationship to wholeness in moments of becoming: decoloniality is not a once and done event. We are to continue to risk our knowing of our own selves in the face of desconocimientos1 and sombras.2 As we confront and integrate these, we get an opportunity to witness the world from a new vantage that continually seeks to heal the splits between “us” and “them”—and to recast the language we used before into language that opens the “deep common ground”3—that empowers people to root their self-knowing and their actions in interconnected ways, in spirit-knowing.
But there are things that we do not know yet. In that way, although a capitalistic culture would want us to instrumentalize our being, the question is if we can keep the possibility of encountering what has not been revealed to us alive, still.
What we have programmed ourselves—and, been programmed by our cultures—to avoid. See Anzaldúa, Gloria. “Now Let Us Shift... the Path of Conocimiento... Inner Work, Public Acts.” This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation, edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating, Routledge, 2002.
Shadows. See Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands: The New Mestiza = La Frontera. Spinsters/Aunt Lute, 1987.
Anzaldúa. “Now Let Us Shift...”